A DISTURBED dad wrote a series of chilling diary entries before butchering his wife, three children and his mother-in-law in their home.
Anthony Harvey, 25, from Perth, Australia, wrote about embracing his “darkness and animal instincts” before the mass killing.
Anthony Harvey, 25, wrote in his diary how he planned on killing his wife and bludgeoning and smothering his daughters[/caption]
He wrote about embracing his “darkness and animal instincts” before committing the horrific crime[/caption]
On September 3, 2018, Anthony Harvey stabbed his wife Maria, 41, twins Alice and Beatrix, 2, and Charlotte, 3.
The following day he murdered Maria’s mum, Beverly Quinn, 73.
He had purchased the weapons used to kill his family in August and had written plans in his journal of how he would carry out the murders, a WA Supreme Court heard on Friday.
In the diary he wrote about how he planned on ridding himself of his family in order to make money from their deaths.
His plans ranged from filing for divorce to making his family “disappear” and he wrote about how he would “prep” for the crime.
“Tonight, I will kill my wife and bludgeon and smother my daughters. Then the real hunting begins … but first my loved ones,”
one of the entries read.
He wrote about embracing his “darkness and animal instincts”.
He also claimed: “I am no psycho, I feel too much. I always have.”
Tonight, I will kill my wife and bludgeon and smother my daughters. Then the real hunting begins … but first my loved ones
“I have a good job … I am not rich but far from poor,” he wrote.
“I won’t have much money when I leave.”
Before committing the murders, Harvey and his wife went to the bank where she signed a document that allowed him to use her bank account without her.
Following the mass killing, he withdrew £20,786($38,000) from her accounts and pawned jewellery and tools.
A Supreme Court judge must now decide whether Harvey will become the first person in Western Australia to never be released from prison under a judge’s order.
Director of Public Prosecutions Amanda Forrester argued Harvey should never have any hope of being freed from prison.
The details of his horrific crimes were heard in public for the first time on Friday, with Harvey covering his ears as the brutal killings were described.
Ms Harvey was attacked by her husband when she arrived home from work. He struck her on the head with a metal pipe before stabbing her a dozen times with a large knife he had bought days earlier.
Harvey said he tried to “finish” his wife quickly by stabbing her multiple times.
I am no psycho, I feel too much. I always have.
He then stabbed the three children with a smaller knife because “they were just little girls”.
Ms Quinn was hit with a pipe and stabbed to death like her daughter when she arrived at the house the next day.
Ms Harvey and her children were placed as though they were cuddling, then covered with a duvet with flowers on top and toys surrounding them. Ms Quinn was also covered with a duvet in the kitchen.
He also took photographs of them.
“To my beautiful wife, I’m so sorry. I would give anything to undo what I’ve done,” he wrote in a note.
“I think I’ve lost my mind.
“Take care of those little girls like you always do. I love you so much.”
Harvey stayed in the house with the bodies of his family for days before he went to stay with his parents in Pannawonica.
He handed himself over to cops on September 9.
The court also heard details about Harvey’s mental health and a suggestion he had symptoms consistent with high-functioning autism.
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Ms Forrester argued Harvey should be “deprived of his liberty for the rest of his days”.
“I appreciate it’s a dreadful thing to contemplate, locking up a 25-year-old for the rest of his natural life,” she said.
“But when a person destroys an entire family in the way he has — in a premeditated, violent, callous way — then community interest requires that.”
Defence counsel Sam Vandongen said his client was young and remorseful, urging Justice Stephen Hall not to order he never be released.
Justice Hall said he wanted to limit the family’s continued suffering but had matters to consider before sentencing.
Harvey will be sentenced on July 19.
He could be the first person in WA ordered to never be released under laws changed in 2008.
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